” ‘You have to take the piss out of someone like that, don’t you? That Leo Sayer haircut and those dungarees and the stupid laugh and the wanky right-on politics and the…’

Liz Laughs. ‘Laura wasn’t exaggerating, then. You’re not keen, are you?’

‘I can’t f—— stand the guy.’

‘No, neither can I. For exactly the same reasons.’

‘So what’s she on about, then?’

‘She said that your little […] outbursts showed her how… sour was the word she used… how sour you’ve become. She said that she loved you for your enthusiasm and your warmth, and it was all draining away. You stopped making her laugh and you started depressing the hell out of her.’ “